AAJA-Asia board members are selected through a chapter-wide nomination and voting process. Board members serve a two-year term.
President, Angie Lau (Hong Kong) is an anchor for “First Up with Angie Lau” on Bloomberg Television and is based in Hong Kong. A global journalist with more than 16 years’ experience, Angie came to Hong Kong from Bloomberg’s Chicago bureau. Prior to joining Bloomberg, she was the consumer reporter and anchor for the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio, where among many awards, she received the Excellence in Journalism Award for Investigative Reporting. She was the co-director of AAJA J-Camp, which teaches journalism to scholarship students across the nation. Born in Hong Kong, Angie received her degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
Regional Vice President, Tokyo, Mayu Yoshida (Tokyo) is a Tokyo-based business news caster / reporter for NHK World’s flagship program Newsline. (Japan’s public broadcaster) She mainly covers financial beats in the Asia Pacific region – from stocks markets to central bank decisions – and reports live from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. She also presented an in-depth report on Japan’s nuclear power policy. Before switching to broadcast news, Mayu was a staff reporter at Kyodo News Agency’s English news section where she reported on a variety of topics, such as the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and World Bank-IMF meeting. Her stories and comments were carried by Japan Times, MarketWatch, ABS-CBN etc. A graduate of Keio University Faculty of Policy Management, BA. Follow her on Twitter @mayuyoshidanews and via her LinkedIn profile
Regional Vice President, Seoul, Tae-hoon Lee (Seoul)
Regional Vice President, Hong Kong, Billy Wong and Jenny Hsu (Hong Kong)
Regional Vice President, Singapore, Chelsea Phua is an Associate Partner at international communications consultancy firm Bell Pottinger. She provides strategic counsel in public and investor relations to a broad spectrum of companies, including those listed on the Singapore Exchange, helping them to communicate their story and business profile. She has more than 14 years of experience working in the media, finance and communication industries. She has worked for The New York Daily News, the Providence Journal, the Associated Press and The Sacramento Bee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master of Arts in Journalism from New York University. In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga and scuba diving. In 2014, she completed her first marathon.
Regional Vice President, China, Allen T. Cheng is the Asia bureau chief of Institutional Investor, a New York-based financial media company. He also is managing director of II Magazine Group in Asia and editor-in-chief of IIChina.com. Cheng has more than 24 years of journalism experience covering business, finance and politics in the U.S. and Asia. Prior postings include Bloomberg News’ China , Gannett, and Time Warner Inc. Cheng holds a B.A. and M.A. in mass communications from Washington State University and was a fellow at the Summer Program for Minority Journalists at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Cheng co-founded AAJA-Asia in 1997 and has been a member of AAJA since 1985. He was a founding member of the Seattle chapter in 1985 and was president of the Portland, Oregon, chapter from 1990-1992.
Secretary Carina Lee (Seoul)
Treasurer Xiaoming Jiao (Hong Kong) is a communications professional at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong. Creating technology communications for the investment banking and asset management businesses. Xiaoming moved to Hong Kong in 2011 to pursue two Masters in Social Science and China Studies after 3 years in San Francisco. She spent three years in Charles Schwab in marketing communications and was a consultant at Accenture for three years prior. She is passionate about writing and journalism and is happy to contribute to the AAJA organization.
National Board Representative Blessing Waung (Hong Kong) is the Editor-in-Chief for the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, where she manages the chamber’s monthly business journal as well as four other publications. Previously, she has contributed to Forbes and Bloomberg in their Hong Kong and Shanghai bureaus. In a previous life, she explored Asia as the travel editor and social media manager at Time Out Shanghai. She graduated from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she was a recipient of the university’s full-tuition merit-based Trustee Scholarship. She has been involved with AAJA since her senior year of high school. You can find her on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram.
National Board Representative K. Oanh Ha (Hanoi) is Vietnam bureau chief for Bloomberg News, a position she’s held since late 2010. Oanh and her team of five staffers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are responsible for covering Vietnam’s biggest economic and financial stories as well as daily business news. Before joining Bloomberg, she worked as a host and reporter for KQED Public Radio in San Francisco on its nationally-syndicated program, Pacific Time, examining the connections between Asia, the U.S. and Asian American issues. She was a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, covering Asia Pacific affairs, technology and small businesses. She was born in Vietnam and grew up in California. Oanh’s been involved with AAJA since college, when she received a student scholarship while at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Board Member Youkyung Lee (Seoul) is a technology and business writer for the Associated Press based in Seoul, South Korea. Her usual beat covers the consumer and mobile electronics industry and South Korea’s family-controlled big business groups known as chaebol, however Lee has also written breaking news and feature stories on the deadly ferry disaster in 2014, cyber-attacks on governments and businesses, South Korean teenage Internet users and a whistle-blower who exposed the fraud of South Korean cloning specialist. Previously, she was a staff reporter at Yonhap News Agency covering technology and South Korea’s central bank for three years. Before that, she contributed stories for the Los Angeles Times and CFR.org. An Asian Freeman Scholar, Lee graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Studies.
Board Member Zela Chin (Hong Kong) is the senior reporter/producer for Hong Kong’s flagship broadcaster, TVB. She started her journalism career at CNN headquarters in Atlanta where she produced shows for CNN International. Chin moved to the Hong Kong bureau in 2005 to produce for the interview program TalkAsia. She secured interviews with guests such as Disney CEO Bob Iger, scientist Stephen Hawking, and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. She holds a BA and MA in journalism and also Slavic languages.
Board Member Jeremiah Foo (Tokyo)
Board Member Eunji Kim (Seoul)
Board Member Steve Miller (Seoul) is the host of the Asia News Weekly podcasts, some of the highest rated independent news shows covering the Asia-Pacific region. Originally from the United States, Miller arrived in South Korea in 2009. Beginning in 2011, Steve was featured as a South Korea and regional expert on several programs. In 2013 he launched his own series, which is now syndicated by news organizations in four countries.
Student Representative Hailey Ren (China)
(Updated 17 December, 2015)
To see AAJA-Asia’s past board members, go here.